Effortless Clementine, Carrot and Mint Salad

By • January 13, 2012 • 4 Comments



Author Notes: Inspired by an orange salad served at my favorite Tapas restaurant (Si Tapas in Dallas), this easy-to-assemble dish has become my go-to for easy entertaining. The raw carrot gives it a nice crunch without taking anything away from the sweet clementine. The red onion provides a nice 'zing' and the mint brings colors and subtly ties it all together. It's refreshing in the summer, and a perfect light dish in the winter to take advantage of my darling clementines.CatherineTornow

Serves 6

  • 12 clementines, peeled (2 clementines per person)
  • 2 large carrots, peeled
  • 1 teaspoon red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  • 1 handful fresh mint leaves, torn
  1. Once the clementines are peeled (thankfully and easy task) slice them horizontally, like the equator. You should be able to get about 5 - 6 slices from each clementine. Arrange them on a large platter, overlapping slightly.
  2. Using a vegetable peeler, shave the (already peeled) carrots directly on top of the orange slices. They will create loose curly cues on top.
  3. Sprinkle chopped red onion over the salad.
  4. Pick fresh mint leaves off their stems. When you have a good handful, give them a rough tear, arrange on top of the salad anywhere that needs color.
  5. Drizzle with a healthy dose of olive oil, and coarse salt. Don't be shy, this brings it all together.

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about 2 years ago Denise Hunse

I just had this salad at Si Tapas yesterday and thought it was devine. Was looking for a recipe and stumbled on yours. Do you think their recipe has cumin and/or coriander in it and a little olive oil. I like the addition of a little red onion but my husband wouldn't enjoy. Thanks!

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about 2 years ago CatherineTornow

Hmm interesting question about the cumin/coriander. I don't remember that flavor in the Si Tapas version, but it sounds like a great idea. I'm going to try it soon.

And my husband hates onions too, but somehow this red onion goes unnoticed by him. It balances the flavor really well.

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over 2 years ago Lucy Mercer

Lovely!

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over 2 years ago NGJagers

Interesting! and beautiful